Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in a recent discussion-list post "Re: Growing Inequalities." The abstract reads:

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ABSTRACT: H.G. Callaway, in his Dewey-L post "Growing Inequalities,"pointed to "The Great Divergence" (Smith, 2012) at <http://bit.ly/KdKesH>].  Smith wrote:

"Timothy Noah (2012) writes in his essential new book 'The Great Divergence' <http://bit.ly/Kgex2i>, [that] the US has a level of inequality greater than found in Nicaragua, Guyana, or Venezuela, nations that most Americans would be ashamed to consider competitors. How did this happen? How did America end up with Third World levels of inequality?"

What all this got to do with John Dewey?
I think Dewey would be appalled by "The Overriding Influence of Poverty on Children's Educational Achievement" (Hake, 2011b) at <http://bit.ly/tUU65W> that currently plagues the U.S.
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To access the complete 9 kB post please click on <http://bit.ly/JVmTOi>.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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". . .let's not pretend that family background does not matter and can be overlooked. Let's agree that we know a lot about how to address the ways in which poverty undermines student learning. Whether we choose to face up to that reality is ultimately a moral question."
       - Helen F. Ladd & Edward B. Fiske (2011)

REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 23 May 2012.]
Hake, R.R. 2012. "Re: Growing Inequalities," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/JVmTOi>. Post of 23 May 2012 12:50:17-0700 toAERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are also being transmitted to several discussion lists and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/LEHOrt> with a provision for comments.
Ladd, H.E. & E.B. Fiske. 2011. "Class Matters. Why Won't We Admit  It?" New York Times Opinion Piece, 11 Dec.; online at  <http://nyti.ms/vx3nub>.